MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey has awarded a total of $ 770,000 to help three counties and one city in their efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Town of Bessemer received $ 70,000. Hale County and Sumter County each received $ 200,000 and Marion County received $ 300,000. The awards are part of more than $ 40 million allocated to Alabama under a special community development grants program funded by the Federal Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) against coronavirus.
Governor Ivey will announce additional grants to other cities and counties in Alabama as applications are processed. Grant funds are to be spent on projects related to recovering or preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus or any future infectious disease.
“Every worker in Alabama, especially frontline workers, is to be commended for their courage and endurance during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Governor Ivey said. “These funds will continue to help those who have been negatively affected and are trying to come back from such a difficult time.”
The city of Bessemer will use the funds to help local small businesses with grants and to provide health and safety equipment to public facilities.
Hale County plans to purchase an emergency response vehicle to better equip first responders when treating people with life-threatening illnesses such as COVID-19.
Sumter County rehabilitate the roof of the Sumter County Health Services Building, which is the headquarters of the Sumter County Emergency Management Agency and other health service providers working on the front lines of the pandemic response of COVID-19.
Marion County will purchase and staff a mobile health clinic to ensure all county residents have access to COVID-19 testing and treatment.
The funds were made available to the state by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and can be used to support COVID-19 testing and vaccinations; rental, mortgage and utility assistance; help with food banks and pantries; job creation and support for businesses and related projects to alleviate the pandemic.
Alabama counties and communities receiving CDBG-COVID funds had to apply to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
“These funds help local leaders and health care providers because they are in the best position to determine what their regions need most,” said ADOA Director Kenneth Boswell. “ADECA joins Governor Ivey in assisting these communities in their work to help Alabama continue to recover from this global pandemic. “
ADECA administers a range of programs supporting law enforcement and road safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.